What’s your current position at your brewery, and how did you get started in the craft brewing industry?
I am brewmaster [at Saltwater Brewery in Delray Beach, Fla.]. I got into craft beer in 1996 in Livingston, Mont. at Uncle Loui’s Cafe. It was a 1 bbl system in their basement. In 1998 I started my own brewery, also in Livingston, called Neptune’s Brewery. In 2013 I handed my brewery over to my head brewer and started Saltwater Brewery with Chris, Pete, Bo, and Dustin.
What’s new at Saltwater?
We have been open for eight months now. We have brewed 19 beers in that time, and are starting to experiment with the base recipes we have created. We recently kegged our first wild ale, with wild yeast cultivated from our brewery, and are brewing a vanilla coffee milk stout and cherry vanilla coffee milk stout. Both stouts’ base beer is our Sea Cow Milk Stout that we have been brewing since we opened.
What’s the best part of being a part of the craft brewing community?
The chance to work in an ever-changing market. It is hard to get bored when brewing, because the beers people want are always changing and brewers are always pushing the limits of certain styles of beer.
What do you like to do in your time away from the brewery?
I love riding my bike to the ocean, fishing, trying to surf (failing currently), and spending time with my daughter.
What’s your favorite food and beer pairing?
Rib eye steak topped with a porter reduction with vinaigrette, garlic, and onion, paired with a porter.
What’s your biggest accomplishment unrelated to your job?
The birth of my two daughters.
What’s your favorite beer that your brewery does not produce?
What’s the most memorable travel destination at which you’ve had a chance to sample the local beer?
Beer in the Philippines has been the most memorable. It’s funny, I would drink a six-pack and one would be full and delicious, and the next would be half-full and skunked. This happened multiple times. This was a long time ago; I’m sure this problem has been fixed (hopefully).